Democracy & Human Rights

ARF-D Defends Support For Constitutional Reform

(azatutyun.am RFE/RL) The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) defended on Friday its readiness to support a radical constitutional reform planned by the authorities and rejected by other major opposition parties. Aghvan Vardanyan, a Dashnaktsutyun leader, said Armenia’s transformation into a parliamentary republic would bode well for democratization even if it is aimed at prolonging President Serzh…

ARF-D Among Parties Consulting with RoA President

(asbarez.com) YEREVAN — A delegation of Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun (ARF-D) leaders on Thursday met with President Serzh Sargsyan, as part of series of consultations the president held with the parties represented in the National Assembly. Heading the ARF-D delegation was its Bureau chairman Hrant Margaryan and leaders of the party’s parliamentary bloc Armen Rustamyan and…

Rustamyan Warns Against “Strangling” Control Chamber’s Independence

(azatutyun.am RFE/RL) Dashnak Leader Deplores Sarkisian Criticism Of Parliament Body A leader of the opposition Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) on Wednesday rejected President Serzh Sarkisian’s harsh criticism of a parliamentary oversight body that has alleged serious misuse of public funds by his government. Armen Rustamian warned the executive branch against “strangling” the supposedly independent Audit…

AYF At the IUSY Council And At The Workers Youth Festival

The IUSY World Council 2013 took place on May 8-9, in Dortmund, Germany with the participation of delegations from Youth organizations and NGOs from 57 countries. AYF was represented by Sarine Abrahamian from the Netherlands chapter. The delegates listened to the Presidium’s one-year term report. The Council’s agenda also included discussions about Statute amendments and…

ARF-D Faction Won’t Participate In Sargsyan’s Presidential Inauguration

(armenianweekly.com) – In a statement issued on April 8, the parliamentary bloc of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) announced that it would not participate in the parliamentary session dedicated to President Sargsyan’s inauguration. In its statement, the parliamentary bloc noted that the presidential regimes that have concentrated power in their hands have undermined the statehood and…

ARF-D’s Roadmap

 The post-election state in the country needs to be dissolved said ARF-D Faction Secretary, Aghvan Vardanyan, at the Parliament, today. “Ultimatums, testing patience, statements about not going to concessions are not taking us anywhere; for what is more, they are even deepening the gap between the society, the ruling power and the political parties” Vardanyan…

Akhalkalak Regional Assembly’s Decision Causes Much Noise In Georgia

(akhaltskha.net, March 18) – The decision of Akhalkalak Regional Assembly to apply to Georgia’s Parliament for the latter to ratify the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages and therefore give the status of a regional language to Armenian has caused much noise in that country. Yesterday in reference to this matter, President Saakashvili stated…

Mountainous Karabakh’s Freedom Celebrated on US Capitol Hill

Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Headlines Congressional Tribute to 25 Years of Liberty (armenianweekly.com, WASHINGTON)—The Chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ed Royce (R-Calif.), joined with fellow members of the Congressional Armenian Caucus and the visiting Minister of Youth and Culture from the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, Narine Aghabalyan, in a…